Hello,
I need a little help. I'm currently taking a graduate class on advanced grammar and copy editing. Our professor wants us to interview a professional copy editor. He's said it should be no trouble finding one, but I haven't had much luck. Can anyone here help point me in the right direction? I'd found a freelance copy editor through a friend, but my professor said they weren't "high enough in their field" for the project. (His words, not mine.) Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thanks!

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Attorneys general or attorney generals? Needles in a haystack? Pluralizing compound nouns isn't as easy as you might think.

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Should you cap "president"? "Marketing director"? "Author"? Find out in this week's Tip. #copyediting  

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An excellent post on a crucial aspect of client communication that does get neglected.  

Despite having read all the arguments that Richard gives here and in his book about using editor macros to automate the insertion of queries - he argues that this is the only way to give queries with adequate detail with reasonable efficiency, I have resisted this piece of automation.  Instead, I usually write an accompanying document with numbered points explaining the substance of the queries that I reference by number in comments.  I like this, because it allows a more discursive and argumentative approach to dealing with issues that come up, but it does mean that clients and colleagues have to switch between two documents as they work through my edits. 

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Judge not … It’s bad to be judgmental, right? Evaluating people by appearance, social status, the kinds of cars they drive, how much money they make… we’re all too evolved to do that.

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Copy editors are definitely authors' unsung heroes, as I've heard many authors put it. So I have decided to give them a voice over at the +Reedsy blog. Feel free to have a look at the #editor  interviews, most of them are definitely insightful both for authors and for fellow editors!

http://blog.reedsy.com/

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"Lighten up, Francis."

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Sound-alike triplets - Some spoken words have three different spellings and meanings. Make sure you use the right one.

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"Weird Al" knows how to spark discussion! The "Word Crimes" conversation continued over the weekend. This blog post is updated with links that include a "Weird Al" apology and interview: http://buff.ly/1yNJ0xt.
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